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Review: "Baby Teeth" - Zoe Ko

Letting go of the past and choosing to grow from your experiences is a tough process. It's more tempting to hold on to old ways of thinking than to embrace change, holding you back from your true potential. Zoe Ko tackles this in her new single, "Baby Teeth." Reflecting on the song's meaning, Ko states, "This is an introspective song on which I call myself out for holding onto bad habits, past traumas and deep-seated insecurities. I went through so many changes in my life in the past year and a half and finally stepped into the person I was supposed to be. Growth and transformation can be terrifying because it means you must let go of a lot of stuff from your past that made you who you are." Giving us a taste of what's to come, "Baby Teeth" is a fiery number ripped from Ko's upcoming EP.

Filled with plenty of edge and angst, "Baby Teeth" is an explosive new addition to the alt pop-rock world. The track has a Paramore-esque sound, drawing inspiration from Hayley Williams' vocals. Providing insight into the song's composition, Ko explains, "I experimented more with my vocals in this song than any other song off the EP. I wanted the listener to perceive the exhilaration that comes with the act of letting go when you are becoming your truest self. I screamed, I moaned, I reenacted all the mean things I heard people saying about me in high school. I also had a bit of fun with the bridge." Creating the perfect alt pop-rock soundscape, Ko's spicy vocals are backed by driving drums and playfully aggressive guitar riffs. With infectious melodies and relatable lines, "Baby Teeth" is sure to be a track you play on repeat.

Hailing from New York City, Zoe Ko is a young, 22-year-old alt pop-rock artist on the rise. So far the impressive vocalist has garnered over 2.5 million streams across all platforms. Making an impactful debut, Ko's first single, "Line" has reached over 850,000 streams on Spotify and has landed on many editorial playlists, including Young & Free, Fresh Finds: Class of 2022, and Fresh Finds: Pop, Good Vibes. Recently, Ko has released several singles alongside "Baby Teeth," including "Rib Cage," "Petri Dish," and "Fire Escape." Adding to the powerful women in the alt pop-rock world, Ko's sound is comparable to acts like Paramore, Olivia Rodrigo, Hayley Williams, PVRIS, and Gwen Stefani.

Written By Cheyenne Johnson



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